Facing Redemption gCh urbanrowth and ecological sustainability Ultimately the author argues that it all comes down to uestions of euity and environmental justice In the final chapter the author states his conclusions based on his various
analyses of the uestions arguing that reening capitalism won t work It will only continue a pattern of the uestions arguing that reening capitalism won t work It will only continue a pattern Eco apartheid that had been ever intensifying over the #elastic few decades The focus needs to be on fairness justice and an euitable distribution of resources not on profits Bird #few decades The focus needs to be on fairness justice and an euitable distribution of resources not on profits Bird Fire might seem on the surface an odd choice to ive five stars to as it "S Not Really A "not really a most people would just pick up and read It s about urban planning for one and even specifically the way truly progressive planning ets hampered by the political powers that be Secondly it s dry as hell a tome utterly fixated on presenting evidence depicting the ways policy dictates sustainability Thirdly it s about Phoenix of all places which has to be one of the least desirable cities in America a distinction Bird on Fire does little to dispelBut for the slow meticulous flash less document on a city in crisis that it is Andrew Ross s book is a masterpiece of information analysis and reporting In it s own fixated way Bird is a true epic with a breathtaking scope that at least feels as if it s leaving no corner untu. Ntends that if we can't change the The History of Provincetown game in fastrowing low density cities like Phoenix the whole movement has a major problem Drawing on interviews with 200 influential residents from state legislators urban planners developers and Captured green business advocates to civil rights champions energy lobbyists solar entrepreneurs and community activists Ross argues that if Phoenix is ever to become sustainable it will occur through political and social change than through technological fixes Ross explains how Arizona's increasingly xenophobic immigration laws science denying legislature androwth at all costs business ethic have perpetuated social injustice and environmental degradation But They should hand a copy of this to anyone who moves to reater Phoenix from out of town Fair warning if your politics are right of center you ll take issue with it Is it accurate Well it s a starting point for investigation that s for sure Invited by Future
ARTS RESEARCH AN ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITYResearch an Arizona State University to come and do research of his choosing in Phoenix 19 Andrew "Ross Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University endeavored to take the social and political temperature of "Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University endeavored to take the social and political temperature of Phoenix 17 Historical research and 200 interviews with the region s thoughtful influential and active citizens 17 #PROVE THE SUNBELT A FEVERISH PLACE #the Sunbelt a feverish place post war metropolitan rowth provides a nationally instructive case study In this book Ross both challenges and empowers the Valley of the Sun saying If Phoenix could become sustainable then it could be done anywhere 14 Ross argues however that the path to sustainability lies not in the eco technological fi This terrific book discusses the intersecting uestions of sustainability at play in what he argues is the least sustainable city Phoenix AZ The author looks at urban sprawl local agriculture immigration issues Eco apartheid and urban planning as issues through which to understand how a place like Phoenix struggles with the need for a new way to approa. Phoenix Arizona is one of America's fastest Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) growing metropolitan regions It is also its least sustainable one sprawling over a thousand suare miles with a population of four and a half million minimal rainfall scorching heat and an insatiable appetite for unrestrainedrowth and unrestricted property rights In Bird on Fire eminent social and cultural analyst Andrew Ross focuses on the prospects for sustainability in Phoenix a city in the bull's eye of lobal warming and also the obstacles that stand in the way Most authors writing on sustainable cities look at places like Portland Seattle and New York that have excellent public transit systems and relatively high density But Ross co.
Andrew Ross Ð 9 SUMMARYRned of Phoenix s decades long descent into an unsustainable dead zone of #A Metropolis All The #metropolis All the you would expect are here from the hidden downfalls of a water system that magically brings water to than
4 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLEmillion people in the middle a desert to an economic engine built on real estate rowth and literally nothing where other cities were harmed by the Great Recession Phoenix was decimatedUltimately Bird is about environmental justice looking closely at poor Phoenix communities who like most poor communities have the most to lose from bad city planning and most fascinatingly Arizona immigrants both illegal and otherwise Arizona is infamous for its attempted crack downs on immigration into the state from Mexico but as Ross ably demonstrates it s idiotically designed metropolises like Phoenix who are one of the primary causes of immigration as climate refugees are increasingly driven from their weather fraught lands by the sweeping effects of climate change Bird on Fire is not a pick me upper and doesn t even pretend to be optimistic but as the subtitle suggests in meticulously chronicling the worst planned city imaginable it has a lot to teach future enerations of city planners and policy makers It should be reuired reading of every public official involved with urban development "Phoenix bound or no. E also highlights the positive changes happening in Phoenix in "bound or no. E also highlights the positive changes happening in Phoenix in the Gila River Indian Community's successful struggle to win back its water rights potentially shifting resources away from new housing developments to producing healthy local food for the people of the Phoenix Basin Ross argues that this victory may serve as a new model for how reen democracy can work redressing the claims of those who have been aggrieved in a way that creates long term benefits for all Bird on Fire offers a compelling take on one of the pressing issues of our time finding pathways to sustainability at a time when overnments are dismally failing their responsibility to address climate chang.